My name is Jim and I pastor a church in the midwest.  When my sons were diagnosed with autism I was devastated.  I prayed fervently for their healing, especially for my younger son, Zechariah, who is completely non-verbal.  But God seemed to tell me that they did not need to be healed, that I would miss out on all that he wanted to teach me if he answered that prayer.  Then I got a promise from God’s Word.  In the story of the birth of John the Baptist his father, Zechariah, becomes unable to speak because he doubted God’s promise to give him a son in his old age.  When his son is born, Zechariah writes that his name will be John in obedience to God’s command.  “Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue was loosed, and he began to speak, praising God.”  (Luke 1:64, NIV)  I believe that God will one day loose my Zechariah’s tongue as well and he will speak praises.  That may happen here in this life or in the next.  Either way I can help make his voice heard.  This blog is meant to loose the tongue and speak the praises that God is revealing through my son, Zach.


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  1. dogfordavid says:

    A wonderful outlook. Thank-you so much for sharing your blog with me. I truly appreciate reading your posts. : )

  2. Michelle Lindberg says:

    I have 3 nonverbal, severely autistic sons. I am visually impaired and we have limited resources. Would you be able to provide an iPad for them to learn to communicate? We would be SO grateful.

    • Jim Bender says:

      Zach got his iPad through the generous help of family and our church. Our state (Missouri) provides some assistance for specific therapies and adaptive devices through the Department of Mental Health. Depending on where you live in the state there is an office you can go through usually called the Regional Center or Family Resources. They provide some help but also can recommend other businesses or charities that serve people with special needs. There really isn’t a standard way to find help, you just have to start digging to find what’s available. I would begin by speaking to doctors, special needs teachers, therapists, or anyone working with special needs. But always the best advice we have gotten has come from other parents of kids with special needs. If you can find other special needs parents in your area that would be an enormous help. I pray God blesses you and your children with just the right assistance that meets your needs.

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